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Icy 30-car crash claims life on I-495

Fatal crash on 495 (photo: WUSA)

FAIRFAX, Va. — One person was killed in a multi-vehicle crash on Interstate 495 in Fairfax County Saturday morning. The accident, on icy roads, involved at least 30 vehicles, WUSA reported.

The fatal accident happened at about 5:12 a.m. on I-495 near Exit 49 in Northern Virginia.

“The State Police crash reconstruction team is on scene and the northbound lanes of I-495 will remain closed for investigation and clean up until approximately 9 a.m. Motorists are advised to use an alternate route to avoid congestion and delays,” a Virginia State Police spokesperson said.

Farther south, the Stafford Sheriff’s Office reported roads throughout the county were “nearly impassable due to icy conditions.”

“The agency is currently responding to a multitude of traffic crashes. Due the volume of crashes, the response time by law enforcement may be delayed,” a Stafford County spokesperson said. “Citizens are advised to stay off the roads until the temperature rises.”